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Studio of artist Xu Longsen showing his painting The Law of the Dao Is Its Being What It Is

Opening February 8 throughout the museum! Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern Through April 28 | Kirkwood Hall, Galleries 202, 203, 222 The intimate and monumental, ancient and new, delicate and immersive meet in this exhibition of Chinese landscape paintings. Rare and fragile 10th–13th century treasures from the NelsonAtkins’ renowned collection reveal the timeless harmonies of nature. Inspired by these ancient masters, 21st-century Chinese artist Xu Longsen transforms Kirkwood Hall with his grand landscape of masterful brushwork. This exhibition is supported by The Donald J. Hall Initiative.

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ON THE COVER Attributed to Li Cheng, (919–967 C.E.). A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks, Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Hanging scroll: ink and slight color on silk. Purchase: Nelson Trust, 47-71.


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Members: FREE Adults: $8 Seniors over 55: $7 Students with ID: $5 Children 12 & under: FREE Groups of 10 or more (call ahead to reserve): $6 per person

Terry Evans, American (b. 1944). CNA building, downtown Chicago, April 27, 2004. Inkjet print (printed 2012). Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2012.17.17. © Terry Evans.

Last chance to see our Featured Exhibition! Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans NOW EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 27 | Galleries L13–14 Don’t miss the first career retrospective of Terry Evans, one of the nation’s finest landscape photographers, featuring 100 color and blackand-white photographs. Evans, a Kansas City native, is widely recognized for her views of the Midwest prairie, its people and its artifacts.

This program has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and is supported by Molly McGee, Swiss Re, the Hall Family Foundation, the Mellon-Frick-Rothschild Publication Fund, and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

Maria and the Pueblo Pottery Tradition: The Sosland Collection Through March 31, 2013 | Gallery L7 Artistically brilliant works by three generations of the famed family of Pueblo potters— Maria Martinez, son Papovi Da and grandson Tony Da—will be featured, along with the creations of other masters of the tradition. These mid-to-late 20th century objects are from the collection of Estelle and Morton Sosland. Tony Da, San Ildefonso, New Mexico (1914–2008). Bear Fetish, 1968. Clay and turquoise. From the Estelle and Morton Sosland Collection.



Final weeks! Bonjour Picasso! CLOSES FEBRUARY 10 | Gallery L8 Meet Pablo Picasso—creative genius, playful spirit, lover, husband, father, friend—in this intimate focus exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture. This exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens CLOSES FEBRUARY 10 | Gallery L11 Inspired by the cabinets of the 16th and 17th centuries, in which owners assembled collections of objects that reflected an intense fascination with the marvelous, unusual or extraordinary. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish (1881–1973). Woman with Mauve Hat (Femme au chapeau mauve), 1939. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 18 inches. Private Collection. © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

New in February! Invented Worlds: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen February 20–July 28 | Gallery L11 Ruth Thorne-Thomsen uses the simplest of imaging devices, the pinhole camera, to rethink the expressive potential of photography. By making or arranging subjects to be photographed by this technique, Thorne-Thomsen created her signature work: a dreamlike vision of wonder and discovery resulting in a landscape of imagination. This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

Rozzelle Court Restaurant Happy Hour @ Bloch Lobby 5:30–8 p.m. | Thursdays | WiFi destination Small plates, full bar, artful experience, eclectic music.

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Served Dinner & Live Music Fridays | 5–10:30 p.m. Menu and performers change weekly.

Valentine’s Day in Rozzelle Court



Gifts from the Museum Store Members save 10%. Tax-free shopping. Lunch | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Desserts & Beverages | until 4 p.m.

TOURS Tours for the Blind or Visually Impaired 10:30–11:30 a.m. Ages 12 & up FREE | Meet in Bloch Lobby Reservations required Visitors who are visually impaired/blind will be introduced to the collections in an hour-long tour. Tactile Tours limited to the first nine registrants, Descriptive Tours to 24, and sighted guides.

Saturday, January 19 Tactile Tour The Human Figure in Sculpture Gently touch realistic and abstract sculptures of the human figure using gloved hands. Saturday, February 16 Descriptive Tour Docents will vividly describe paintings and objects as they reveal the stories behind them.

Interactive Collection Tour Wed–Fri 1:30 p.m. Thurs/Fri 7 p.m. Sat/Sun 2 p.m. Meet at Info Desk Drop in for a FREE guided tour and spend up to an hour looking at and discussing works in the collection.

Featured Exhibition Tour Exhibition ticket required

Heartland: Photographs of Terry Evans Drop-in tours available Wednesday–Friday at 1 p.m. through January 25. Visit our website to schedule a tour for six or more. Terry Evans, American (b. 1944). US-Canada border, Montana/Alberta, October 22, 1996. Inkjet print (printed 2012). Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2012.17.79. © Terry Evans.


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In January and February, join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. for FREE activities for all ages! Ask a museum guide for the “What’s On” list to discover all the ways you and your family can engage with art.

WEEKEND FAMILY ACTIVITIES Discover the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. FUN Spot Create a collage bookmark inspired by your Zodiac animal. Gallery Activity Hunt for Zodiac animals in the Chinese galleries and learn about your own Zodiac personality. Story Time for Preschoolers Join us every second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Noguchi Court for story time.

CONSERVATORY CONNECTIONS: MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES Enjoy exciting in-gallery performances as the new season kicks off! The museum partners with UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Academy to offer gallery performances for audiences of all ages. Sight, movement and sound mingle in the spaces of the museum to offer exciting art interactions! Drop by, no tickets required. Saturday, January 26 Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. | Sculpture Hall See page 7 for details

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Saturday, February 23 Chinese Journeys, Traditional and New (Featuring the Students of Composer Chen Yi) 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall See page 10 for details.






Print Society Print Crawl 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE for Print Society Members/$10 for Nonmembers


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Why do we value some things and not others? Join curator Colin Mackenzie and special guests Lisa Riggin from Hallmark, Nico Leone from KCUR, and Trish Moore from Good Juju Antiques for a conversation on value— from priceless jade artwork to a sentimental greeting card. Series continues February 7.

Print Society members tour local galleries to view possible selections for the annual Love of Art luncheon on Feb. 16. Prints will be voted on for addition to the museum’s collection. Optional lunch to follow.





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Charlotte Street Artist Walks Called Kansas City’s “best gallery tour” by The Pitch, the museum again hosts a series of gallery walks by recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s prestigious awards. Many of the 2012 series filled up quickly—so get tickets early! Mike Sinclair Friday, January 11 | 6 & 7 p.m. | Bloch Lobby | T Wander the galleries with Kansas City-based photographer Mike Sinclair, recently featured in The New York Times and Time Magazine, and discover inspirations for his photographs of the American experience, his beloved Kansas City and more. Note: All participants attend a brief presentation of the artist’s work in Lens 2 at 7 p.m. Series continues in March.



Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Meet at Info Desk | M T


Exhibited around the world, African artist El Anatsui’s works incorporate Ghanaian motifs and resemble woven cloths such as the Kente cloth. Join a docent and discover the connections between Anatsui’s sculpture Dusasa I and objects in our African collection. Following the tour, guests can gather in Rozzelle Court to continue their personal art explorations.

JANUARY Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Meet in Bloch Lobby | M T Enjoy a complimentary beverage before joining a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum.” Learn more about the history of this group, the museum and Kansas City’s influence on the treasure trove of art at the Nelson-Atkins. Experience the opportunity to make your own personal ties to the collection.

New Season! BEHIND THE SEEN Nelson-Atkins conservators highlight the unseen side of four beloved masterpieces in the museum’s collections.



Raphaelle Peale’s “Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception” 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium | T What prompted Peale to paint such an unusual subject and what is hidden underneath the painting’s surface? Paintings conservator Mary Schafer and Lauren Lessing, from Colby College Museum of Art, will explore these questions and more as they discuss the intriguing results of a collaborative investigation.

Petite Wine Evening 6:30–8 p.m. | Atkins Aud. 8–9 p.m. | Bloch Lobby T | $20/$25 per person

Curator is IN! American Art and the International Arena 7–8 p.m. | Gallery 216

Hear a presentation by Phil Ross, co-owner and manager of Diamond Creek, one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wineries and a panel discussion with wine and art experts, including director Julián Zugazagoitia, Darrell Corti, and master sommelier Doug Frost. Tasting of more than 150 wines follows in Bloch Lobby.

Discover with curator Stephanie Knappe the artistic debates and many influences that energized American art as it joined the international arena during the late 19th century.



Society of Fellows Gallery & Go Lunchtime Series 11:30 a.m., Curator talk Meet at Info Desk 12:15 p.m. Optional lunch $15, Rozzelle Court Restaurant M


Explore how specimens are seen photographically with curator Jane L. Aspinwall. This special member tour of the exhibition Cabinet of Curiosities emphasizes the relationship photography has always had with science and art. Optional lunch to follow.



Panel Discussion Unnaturally Natural: Zoological Specimens & Photography 1:30–2:30 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Join curator Jane L. Aspinwall, historian John Herron and photographer Laszlo Layton for a moderated discussion about the aesthetic of the specimen: how specimens are displayed and interpreted and how this relates to our experience of the natural world and our understanding of history. A book signing for Laszlo Layton’s Pictorial Zoology immediately follows.



Conservatory Connections: Music in the Galleries Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. | Sculpture Hall Join the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City as they explore ancient texts set to music by composers past and present. Young Friends of Art Party Arty: Eternal Spring 8 p.m.–Midnight | T $60 Member/$90 Nonmember $110/$160 VIP Escape to Cuernavaca, Mexico,The City of Eternal Spring, and heat up at this winter’s most fabulous event! This annual party enlivens the senses with delicious edibles and surprise performances from captivating entertainers. Get a taste of the upcoming spring featured exhibition as you dance the night away. Visit



Public Forum Thriving Arts, Thriving Cities 5:30 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium FREE | T Join esteemed cultural leaders from across the country for a public discussion about the arts. 816.751.1ART


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CELEBR AT ION FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 | 5–9 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Snake and the opening of Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern with performances and family-friendly activities throughout the museum! Come ready to record your memories at our photo spot. Festive international attire encouraged. Space is limited for parking, some performances and activities. Please plan to arrive early and carpool.

PERFORMANCES & ACTIVITIES Chinese Acrobats 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T

Tai Chi Demonstration 5 p.m. Gallery L14, Bloch Building

Chinese Drums 7 p.m. Gallery L14, Bloch Building

Be amazed by the awardwinning acrobatic feats of Chongqing Acrobatic Arts Troupe, one of the longestrunning acrobatic performing acts in China. Ranging from balancing acts to juggling to contortion and more, their energetic performances delight audiences of all ages. Special thanks to the Chinese Consulate General for supporting these performances.

Discover the ancient martial art of Tai Chi with master Chen Huixian.

Delight in the sights and sounds of the Drum Roller and the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City Performers, Chinese drum and lion dance team.

Kansas City Chinese Music Ensemble musicians perform and answer questions about their instruments. Reading Event 5 & 5:30 p.m. Spencer Art Reference Library Reading Room, Bloch Building Hear stories about the Chinese Zodiac and discover which animal you are! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Learn traditional tea-brewing etiquette from Shang Zehua, owner of Shang Tea at Crown Center. Lion Dance 6 & 7:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

Traditional Music 5 & 6:30 p.m. Noguchi Court Bloch Building


Tea Demonstration 5 p.m. repeats every 30 minutes until 7:30 p.m. Lens 2, Bloch Building

Enjoy Shaolin Lohan Pai Dance Troupe of St. Louis, one of the top ten lion dance teams in the U.S. Chinese Yo-Yo 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. Bloch Lobby Volunteers from the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City demonstrate their amazing Chinese yo-yo skills.

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Jasmine Chinese Dance Group 8 p.m. Gallery L14, Bloch Building Dancers of all ages perform with elaborate costumes. ONGOING GALLERY ACTIVITIES Experience China! Encounter live demonstrations of calligraphy, music and more as you stroll through the museum’s Chinese galleries! Strike up a conversation with a museum guide or discover your Chinese Zodiac animal.


7 FORD LEARNING CENTER Art Making Paint your own mini Chinese scroll using bamboo brushes. Chinese Painting Local artist and Taiwan native Valda Hsu demonstrates traditional brush painting techniques. Chinese Games Play traditional games with expert help from Kansas City Chinese Language and Culture Institute volunteers.


Take 5 Healing 6–7 p.m. | Lens 2 | T Art can put a smile on your face, make you laugh and even mend your broken heart. But where do these healing powers come from? Join curators Kimberly Masteller and Jan Schall, John Bluford of Truman Medical Center and Annie Seal of Turning Point to discover how art, whether it’s on display or being made, has the power to heal. Series continues in March.

HAPPY HOUR @ Bloch Lobby 5:30–8 p.m. | Thursdays Small plates, full bar, artful experience.

CHINESE FOOD Rozzelle Court 4–10:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious Asianinspired cuisine in the festive ambience of Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Familyfriendly choices available. Members save 10%. Creative Café 4–8 p.m. Savory Chinese food for purchase. Full bar served, including plum wine. While quantities last. Members save 10%. Bo Ling’s Fine Chinese Cuisine Bloch Lobby 4–8 p.m. Bo Ling’s staff offers specialty food selections for purchase.



Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Rockhill Room Indulge in the most popular Valentine’s Day treat— chocolate! Submerge yourself in decadence with a chocolate martini and a sampling of local chocolates. Mingle with young professionals, all while learning about the history of chocolate and some of the museum’s most famous lovers.



Society of Fellows Annual Dinner 6:30–9 p.m. Bloch Lobby, Kirkwood Hall & Rozzelle Court | M T We celebrate the museum’s most generous supporters who help enrich the lives of Kansas City through art. Join us for an elegant dinner along with an intimate look at artist Xu Longsen’s magnificent scroll displayed in Kirkwood Hall and featured in Journey Through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern. Tickets are reserved for members only.



Behind the Seen The Funerary Assemblage of Meritites 6–7 p.m. | Lens 2 | T Today, the golden face of the inner coffin of Meritites, a 3rdor 4th-century B.C. Egyptian noblewoman, greets visitors to the museum’s Egyptian galleries. Through astounding images, conservator Kate Garland discusses efforts to stabilize this over-2,000year-old coffin, its outer coffin, golden cartonnage (or mummy covering) and numerous ushebtis (symbolic afterlife servants). Series continues in March.



Curator is IN! Gauguin, van Gogh and Post-Impressionism 7–8 p.m. | Gallery P32 Join curator Nicole Myers for an exploration of Post-Impressionism, the late 19th-century art movement that rebelled against Impressionism.






Print Society Annual Love of Art Lunch Noon–3 p.m. | Lens 2 $25 Print Society Members $35 Nonmembers | R Annual members lunch to view a selection of works for possible purchase and addition to the collection. Registration required and fee for lunch. Love in Art Dinner 6–9 p.m. Rozzelle Court and Galleries $65 | M T Members are invited to share their love of art at the NelsonAtkins in honor of Valentine’s Day. Treat your valentine to a romantic night at the museum with a special tour followed by a three-course dinner in Rozzelle Court.



Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Meet at Info Desk | M T In February we celebrate Chinese New Year. Join us for a docent-led tour of Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern and marvel at the beauty of artist Xu Longsen’s extraordinary 80-foot scroll in Kirkwood Hall. Following the tour, guests can gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant to continue their personal exploration of the art.


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Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Meet in Bloch Lobby | M T The Friends of Art were instrumental in securing a masterful collection for the Nelson-Atkins to treasure. Join a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum” and learn more about the history of Kansas City’s eclectic art community. Take an opportunity to create your own connection to the artwork. Special Presentation A Revolution in Chinese Art 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T

Marc Wilson, Director Emeritus and esteemed scholar of Chinese art, tells the fascinating story of one of the world’s most significant artistic revolutions— the advent of landscape painting in China during the 10th– 13th centuries. Offered in connection with the exhibition Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern.



Young Friends of Art Trivia Smackdown 6:30–9 p.m., Lens 2 Check-in begins at 6 p.m. $10/$15 | M T Put your erudition on display at Trivia Smackdown!, the third annual YFA team trivia contest. Bring a team or join one that evening, but be sure to buy your tickets early because attendance is limited. Questions include art, pop culture, history and Kansas City trivia. Prizes for best team name, round winners and overall winner. Ticket includes taco bar and entry. Cash bar available with special pricing for members.



Conservatory Connections: Music in the Galleries Chinese Journeys, Traditional and New (Featuring the Students of Composer Chen Yi) 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Kirkwood Hall Ancient and modern come alive in the exhibition, Journeys through Mountains and Rivers. Enjoy new compositions by Jing Zhou and colleagues Michael Miller, Tyler Capp and Scott Steele perform on various instruments, including the traditional Chinese zheng. Series continues in March.



ARTDynamic Experience a new art dynamic at the Nelson-Atkins. Mingle during Happy Hour @ Bloch Lobby and then enjoy unique pairings of art, music, hands-on activities and more! Lonely Hearts 6:30–8:30 p.m. Bloch Lobby Happy hour drinks and food sold separately. Still can’t find a date after Valentine’s Day? Forget your troubles of the heart at the museum as you dance with Kansas City soul sensation The Good Foot; discover some of art’s greatest love stories and scandals on a self-guided gallery tour; and print a card for that hypothetical special someone with artist Michelle Dreher. Look for another fun ARTDynamic event in May.

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The Ford Learning Center has been made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

SPRING SESSION OF STUDIO CLASSES FOR AGES 3–ADULT The world-class collection of the Nelson-Atkins is the inspiration for our studio programs. Direct experience with art in the galleries provides students with a foundation for art making in the Ford Learning Center classrooms. Experience a unique learning environment for children and adults unlike any other in Kansas City! The Ford Learning Center has been made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

ENROLLMENT Enroll today online (, or by phone 816.751.1ART (1278), option 2. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit/debit card payment required. In order to enroll, we require the following information: student’s name, address, date of birth, home phone, emergency phone and the parent/guardian name. Students must have turned the minimum age by the start date of a class to enroll in the class. Enroll early—class size is limited. Enrollment deadline is three days prior to a class or workshop. Classes that do not reach a minimum enrollment will be cancelled and fees refunded.

COST Museum members receive a 20% discount on all classes. The discounted member price is listed first; the public price follows. Class fee includes all materials. Parking for members is FREE; nonmembers parking for more than 30 minutes, either to attend class or wait while their student is in class, will pay $5 per vehicle.

CANCELLATIONS Students can cancel an enrollment five business days prior to a class or workshop to receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee per enrollment. NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations made less than five business days prior. We do not issue credits toward future class sessions. A $10 transfer fee will be incurred on a per student/per class basis if student transfers an enrollment from one class to another. No transfers will be made less than five business days prior to a class or workshop. 816.751.1ART



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HERE’S LOOKING AT ART Offered in conjunction with the Kansas City Art Institute INTRODUCTION TO LOOKING AT ART Adults | 6–8 p.m. Meet in Training Room Thursdays, February 7–28 $103/$129 Enrollment through KCAI. Visit to register. Led by Rose May, head of interpretation at the museum, participants will navigate the galleries and learn skills for reading objects and discovering the hidden stories many have to offer. Look for a new Here’s Looking at Art class in April!

February 7—The Basics The foundation for looking at works of art: a discussion of line, color, tone and composition. February 14—Looking at Landscapes More than just pretty pictures, landscapes reveal a lot about the culture and society in which they were created. February 21—Story Telling Discuss how artists from different cultures and time periods construct stories visually. February 28—Is This Art? Explore the contemporary galleries and discuss the definition of “art.”

START IN ART Ages 3–4 10–11:30 a.m. Fridays, March 29–May 17 OR Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $108/135

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS Ages 5–6 10 a.m.–Noon OR 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $120/$150

ART OF DISGUISE Ages 6–8 10 a.m.–Noon OR 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $120/$150

Nurture a child’s creativity! Young children explore art concepts by working with paint, collage and clay. Visits to the galleries contain ageappropriate activities that allow students to see and talk about art as a group. Students should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian.

Children expand upon their experiences in painting, collage and 3-D processes as they work with a wider range of materials. Seeing and talking about art in the collection builds perception skills and increases art vocabulary. Students should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian.

Why and when are masks worn? Do you feel and act different wearing a mask? Explore these questions and more and enter the world of masquerade. Create sculptural masks, as well as drawings, paintings and prints inspired by them. Visits to the African, Japanese and American Indian galleries will allow a first-hand look at masks and other types of disguise.

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STUDIO CLASSES & WORKSHOPS GRAB A PENCIL Ages 7–9 10 a.m.–Noon Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $120/$150

AWASH IN WATERCOLOR Ages 9–13 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $128/$160

Do you love to draw with pencil? This class will focus on capturing on paper what you see using traditional drawing materials such as graphite and colored pencils, Conté crayon and charcoal. Students will work from still life, nature and draw from art in the galleries as they practice representing lights and darks, three-dimensional form, distance and spatial relationships.

Learn about painting with watercolors—practice creating washes, layering color, masking and brushstroke. Along with traditional techniques, some lessons will delve into the experimental. Find out what happens when you embrace the accidental!

PEOPLE IN CLAY Ages 7–9 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $128/$160 Work with methods of hand building to create a variety of figures and faces in clay, self-portraits too! An assortment of glazing and finishing techniques also will be explored.

New Class! CLAY COMBO Ages 8–12 with adult 10 a.m.–Noon Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $200/$250 per adultchild pair

SO SURREAL Ages 13–16 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 6–27 $64/$80

Learn together about handbuilding with clay in this class designed for an adult to enroll with a child. Various glazing techniques also will be included and visits to the galleries will offer the inspiration for creating.

Enter the strange world of Surrealist art—art inspired by dreams and the subconscious mind. See examples of Surrealism in the galleries, including the special photography exhibition Invented Worlds, and create your own drawings, paintings and prints of the odd and unexpected.

FRIDAY NIGHT F U N HOME SWEET HOME Ages 7–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 $36/$45 per adult-child pair Design a teapot in the form of a house using hand-building techniques. Participants will glaze and leave their work to be fired. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up beginning April 27.

CARTOONING: ANIMAL ANTICS Ages 6–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 $32/$40 per adult-child pair Instructor: Bill Brewer See and imagine your favorite animals doing funny things and learn to draw their antics in your own humorous comic strip!

GO POP Ages 6–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 $32/$40 per adult-child pair Discover Pop Art of the 1960s, a time when artists were inspired by common, everyday objects. Then create your own mixed media painting, updated to reflect the items that define daily life today.





FOR ADULTS WINTER CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY Abstraction Applied Cartooning: In Good Humor! Watercolor: Mix It Up All Acrylics Chinese Brushwork: From Scholar’s Garden to Distant Peaks Watercolor By Design Visit for class dates and descriptions.

DROP-IN DRAWING New Program! 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 $20/$25 per night | Instructor: Tara Tonsor Practice drawing in a casual, unstructured environment with a variety of materials and guidance from a studio instructor. No preregistration necessary—just pay at the Info Desk in Bloch Lobby that evening. Drop-in for one, two, three or all four evenings—it’s up to you! Purchase a drink at Happy Hour @ Bloch Lobby and bring it to class if you’d like.

DRAWING WITH PASTELS 1:30–4 p.m. Fridays, April 5–May 10 $120/$150 Instructor: Sarah Bracco

WATERCOLOR: FLOWER POWER 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $144/$180 Instructor: Christine Webster

Pastel paintings can be rich bursts of color or convey subtle expression. This class will address application techniques and tips for working with pastels. Improve your drawing skills as you experiment with different strokes, composition, light and dark contrast and use of color. Inspiration will be found in the museum’s architecture and collection.

Springtime and beautiful blooms are everywhere. Take notice of the colors of nature as you explore flowers as subject matter for artists in the collection ranging from Dutch still life to Georgia O’Keeffe. Develop your painting skills and learn about washes, color theory, brushstoke and composition.

Connect With Community Artists Throughout the year, the Ford Learning Center offers classes for adults proposed and taught by artists from the local community who bring their unique perspective and talents to the museum. EXAMINING THE DOLL AS ART Adults (16 & older) 10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Saturdays, April 6–May 4 $100/$125 Instructor: NedRa Bonds

HIGH CONTRAST: BLACK & WHITE Adults (16 & older) 1:30–4 p.m. | Saturdays, April 6–May 11 $120/$150 Instructor: Nicole Mauser

Art dolls are considered to be unique, oneof-a-kind art objects rather than toys. Various cultures have used dolls to teach and entertain, as funerary figures, good luck charms and magical devices. Find out more and create your own art doll sculpture.

Be introduced to artists who work in black & white and explore the relationship between these two extremes. Consider the fundamentals of line, shape and composition while experimenting with graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, collage and acrylic paints.


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LOCATION & PARKING The museum is located at 45th and Oak streets, three blocks east of the Country Club Plaza. Enter the garage off Oak Street. Parking is $5, FREE for members. VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES The museum and parking garage are wheelchair accessible. SPENCER ART REFERENCE LIBRARY Open to the public. Mon Closed Tue By appointment Wed 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thurs/Fri 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat/Sun 1–4 p.m.

ROZZELLE COURT RESTAURANT A Kansas City treasure, our Italian-style courtyard is an unparalleled setting. Lunch Wed–Sat, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Brunch | Sun, Noon–3 p.m. Desserts & Beverages Wed–Sun, 2–4 p.m. Happy Hour Thurs, 5:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby Served Dinner & Live Music Fri, 5–10:30 p.m. MUSEUM STORE Shop for books, cards, children’s items and a large variety of gifts, jewelry and home décor. Tax free. Members save 10%. Online store MEMBERSHIP Enjoy FREE parking, FREE featured exhibition tickets, discounts in Rozzelle Court Restaurant and the Museum Store and special events just for members.

To become a member of the Nelson-Atkins, for tickets to events, to enroll in classes, or to ask questions about the museum, call 816.751.1ART (1278). PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Leitzell (page 6) Mark McDonald (page 11, 12) Bethany Day (page 13)

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 FEATURED CURATORS, SPEAKERS AND STAFF Jane L. Aspinwall Associate Curator, Photography John Bluford President/CEO Truman Medical Center Kate Garland Senior Objects Conservator John Herron Associate History Professor, UMKC Stephanie Knappe Assistant Curator, American Art Laszlo Layton Photographer Nico Leone General Manager, KCUR Lauren Lessing Mirken Curator of Education Colby College Museum of Art Kimberly Masteller Jeanne McCray Beals Curator South and Southeast Asian Art Colin Mackenzie Senior Curator, Chinese Art Trish Moore Owner, Good Juju Antiques Nicole Myers Associate Curator, European Painting and Sculpture Lisa Riggin CreativeWriting Director Hallmark Cards Mary Schafer Paintings Conservator Jan Schall Sanders Sosland Curator Modern and Contemporary Art Annie Seal Director of Children’s Programs Turning Point Mike Sinclair Photographer & Charlotte Street Foundation Award Recipient Marc Wilson Director Emeritus The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Julián Zugazagoitia Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO



RIGHT | Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). The Three Shades, modeled 1880–1904. Musée Rodin cast 10, edition size unknown, 1981. Bronze, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection.

LEFT | Laszlo Layton, American, (b. 1959). Carmine Bee-Eater, 2007. Cyanotype, toned and hand-colored, ed. 2/10. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2009.40.5. © Laszlo Layton.

See page 9.

Saturday, February 9 Annual Dinner 6:30–9 p.m. Bloch Lobby, Kirkwood Hall and Rozzelle Court

Members will tour Cabinet of Curiosities and see images like Carmine Bee-Eater (left). See page 7.

Friday, January 18 Gallery & Go Lunchtime Series 11:30 a.m., Curator talk 12:15 p.m., Optional lunch

The museum’s premier membership group offers vital support to the Nelson-Atkins. Fellows will enjoy these special events in January and February.

SOCIET Y of FELLOWS 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Kansas City, MO Permit #897

Supported by The Donald J. Hall Initiative.

Now on the Rozzelle Balcony!

Explore Art - January/February 2013  

Bi-monthly program guide of exhibitions, lectures, events, classes and museum amenities.

Explore Art - January/February 2013  

Bi-monthly program guide of exhibitions, lectures, events, classes and museum amenities.